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PHOTO Mr. John Q. Hammons and City of Concord, N.C., Celebrate Opening of Embassy Suites Hotel(R) Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa and Adjoining Convention Center.

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MR. JOHN Q. HAMMONS AND CITY OF CONCORD, N.C., CELEBRATE OPENING OF EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL([R]) CHARLOTTE-CONCORD RESORT AND SPA AND ADJOINING CONVENTION CENTER

Mr. John Q. Hammons and the city of Concord, N.C., today celebrated the official opening of the new $60-million, 308-suite Embassy Suites Hotel([R])Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa (www.embassysuitesconcord.com) and adjoining Concord Convention Center with 80,000 gross square feet of meeting space. Owned by Mr. Hammons, the development represents the first full-service hotel and convention center in Concord, and Mr. Hammons' fifth hotel in North Carolina. Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the nation's leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com), will manage the hotel and convention center.

More than 800 honored guests and local dignitaries attended the celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony and festivities at the hotel featuring Concord Mayor Scott Padgett; Mr. John Q. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC; and Mr. Terry Crawford, general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa.

"The Charlotte-Concord area is exploding with growth and opportunity, and we're proud to contribute to the ongoing development by bringing an all-suites hotel and convention center to the market," Mr. Hammons said.

The first-class hotel and convention center overlook the area's premier municipal course at Rocky River Golf Club, also managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, and are in close proximity to the popular Concord Mills Mall and NASCAR hot-spot Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa was recently named the official hotel of the Lowe's Motor Speedway and next week will host more than 200 media members as part of the speedway's NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour to kick-start the new racing season.

"We are so pleased to celebrate the opening of the Concord Convention Center and Embassy Suites Resort," said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett. "This is a piece of the tourism pie that we have been missing. The facility allows us to welcome even more visitors to our city for years to come."

"The hotel's unique offerings such as, Caffeina's Internet Cafe and Spa Botanica, make the Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa appealing to both business and leisure travelers, as well as locals. These features, combined with the quality service of our staff, provide an exceptional guest experience," said Terry Crawford, general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa.

Property Information Snapshot

The Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa and adjoining Concord Convention Center overlook the Rocky River Golf Club. The hotel offers 308 deluxe suites with the convention center providing 80,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space. In addition to beautifully decorated suites with amenities to make guests feel at home, guests and local residents can enjoy the upscale, casual fare at Rocky River Grille lounge and restaurant, with its signature items such as Three Finger Pork Chop and Southern Sushi. Caffeina's Internet Cafe, located in the open garden atrium of the hotel, is a great place to relax and enjoy a coffee. With a variety of full-service spa treatments, the hotel's Spa Botanica pampers guests and Charlotte-Concord residents alike. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager's Reception([R]) with complimentary beverages. Other features include a fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck. To make a reservation, please call (704) 455-8200, go online to www.embassysuitesconcord.com, or contact your travel agent. The Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Resort and Spa also can be booked under the following GDS codes: Amadeus CLT540, Sabre 28002, Apollo 30973 and Worldspan 5599.

Area Information

Known as the heart of NASCAR country, Concord, N.C., provides fun and excitement for thousands of racing enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport each year. Additionally, Concord Mills Mall, the shopping entertainment destination of the Carolinas and second most popular visitor attraction in North Carolina, offers world-class shopping at over 200 stores. Visitors can also tour underground tunnels, pan for gold and watch an ore-crushing stamp mill in action at Reed Gold Mine, where Conrad Reed made the first American gold discovery in 1799. The city of Concord takes great pride in its historic downtown area with shopping, restaurants, coffee houses, historic sites, beautifully restored Victorian homes and seasonal historic home tours. With a history that dates back over 200 years, the city boasts a unique atmosphere of both modernization and heritage.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC is the nation's leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including: Embassy Suites Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands. With 72 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts' properties are dominant in their markets. Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 184 hotels. For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC, please visit the company's Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.

Editor's note: Photos from the grand opening ceremony are available on request.
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